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Why does water have higher entropy than helium?

  1. Feb 8, 2014 #1

    Under standard conditions, why does water have higher entropy than helium? Isn't helium a gas? I understand that water has more atoms, but it seems more ordered and is a liquid. I'm not sure how a qualitative analysis could lead to the conclusive result that water is higher in entropy compared to helium..

    Could anyone please help in guiding me how to properly think about this?
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  3. Feb 8, 2014 #2


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    Entropy per volume?
    Water has much more molecules per volume, and those molecules have more freedom - in addition to the position, they can also vary in their orientations. Water is not ordered.
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